Red storm rising or storm in a teacup? The South China Sea island disputes

In 1996 bestselling US author Tom Clancy (Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sum of All Fears) wrote a novel entitled SSN which followed the mission of a US submarine in a fictional war between the United States and China over the Spratly islands. Similarly the plot of the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never [...]

Documents Detail Kuchi-Hazara Peace Agreement

I have obtained documents, in Dari, that show a peace agreement between Kuchi and Hazara elders in the Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak province. [Second page: scroll down] The agreement, which is about two weeks old, appears to have already been violated. But it is an interesting organic attempt at dealing with the longstanding conflict between the [...]

Murdered on service to fatherland

Young Nigerian graduates on national service were murdered in cold blood by supporters of opposition presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari because they failed to allow underage voters cast their ballot in the recently concluded elections in the West African country. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Tip on Hyves Share on Linkedin Share [...]

To appease insurgents, Karzai crosses limits

While the international community has tried to improve the situation in Afghanistan, and it has improved to some extent compared to two years ago, President Karzai has stepped up efforts to appease the insurgent groups ostensibly in order to persuade them to end the insurgency but in actual fact to keep the international community away [...]

Sub-Sahara African social uprisings

Three African countries, Nigeria the most populous African nation with more than 156 million, Uganda with 35 million, and Burkina Faso with 17 million people are experiencing sociopolitical unrest that could explode into a situation similar to what has been taking place in Muslim countries. Although Africans south of the Sahara are aware of what [...]

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